Top restaurant dares to launch ‘honesty menu’ where guests pay what they want

Thackeray’s restaurant

Celebrity chef Richard Phillips is bidding to break the mould by introducing a five-course “honesty menu” at his restaurant, Thackeray’s.

The bold move will see guests indulge in an assortment of unique dishes, later paying only what they sincerely think it’s worth to them.

The menu will launch on 14 January and run through until March, but will be limited to 20 covers each evening from Tuesday to Friday.

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Tunbridge Wells-based Thackeray’s claims that no restaurant with its prestige has ever done anything on a par with this before.

Mr Phillips said he wants to “take away the traditional boundaries” of restaurant service and challenge guests to see food in a new light.

“I think it will entice new diners as well as our loyal regulars to try something completely new and exciting. Our faith in our guests and confidence in our work will ultimately be the driving factors behind this refreshing venture.

Thackery’s head chef Patrick Hill has been plotting the five-course extravaganza and he called it a “menu without boundaries”.

He stated: “There are no rules and we’re going to be pulling out all the culinary stops with an experiential sensory journey. It’s a very exciting proposition for the kitchen team, all ideas are on the table. I don’t want to give away too much, nor can I since the menu will be changing every night but it’s certainly going to get people talking.”

The restaurant prides itself on offering a relaxed form of fine dining free from pretension, applying classic European culinary philosophies to modern dishes.

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